Grilling is a great way to spend evenings in the spring and summer. A well-maintained and regularly cleaned grill is an easy way to get great results. If you don’t have experience, it can be challenging to know where to start when it comes to cleaning a grill. Fortunately, with a few simple steps, you can quickly and easily clean your grill for peak performance.
Steps to a Clean Grill
1. Clean the Inside
Remove the cooking grates and warming racks, and use a wire brush on stainless steel grates to scrape away food residue. For porcelain-coated grates, first wet them with hot water and then use the wire brush to gently remove grease, food particles, and baked-on residue.
Be sure clean the entire interior of the grill box, as well as the area around the burners. Once you have removed the debris, wipe the inside of the grill – including the interior surfaces of the hood – with a damp cloth. If necessary, you can use a mild detergent or grill cleaner for extra cleaning power, being sure to get rid of grease and food residue.
2. Cleaning the Outside of the Grill
Wipe off the exterior surfaces with a damp cloth, making sure to get into hard-to-reach places, such as around control knobs and vents. Use a mild detergent or grill cleaner to remove stubborn grease and grime.
3. Empty the Grease Trap
Remove the grease reservoir from your grill. Empty the contents into a container and discard the grease in an appropriate manner. Clean the reservoir with hot, soapy water and rinse it well before returning it to its place in the grill.
4. Wipe Removable Components
Clean the removable components of your grill. This includes parts such as side tables, thermometers, and even the control knobs. Use a damp cloth to wipe them down and a mild detergent or cleaner if necessary. Once finished, reattach all parts before using the grill again.
5. Reassemble Your Grill After Cleaning
Reassemble the grill, and you’re finished. Put the grates, warming racks, and control knobs back in place, and make sure everything is securely attached. Now you can enjoy a freshly cleaned grill for your next big cookout.
Cleaning your grill is part of regular maintenance for any backyard cookout, and the process doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. Follow these steps to get your grill in better shape. With regular maintenance, you’ll enjoy tastier food and a safer grilling experience.